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Staff & Board


Our staff is dedicated to making a difference in Central New York. With extensive knowledge of our community’s changing needs, our staff is uniquely suited to assist donors in creating and implementing their charitable goals. We are also here to help the community by funding a broad spectrum of local needs by providing grant dollars and other assistance to the nonprofit  organizations we support. We are here to serve you, our donors and our community. Check out our Intern Corner to learn about our current and former interns.

Peter A. Dunn
President & CEO
Welcomes all questions you may have regarding the Community Foundation and its services.

Finance & Administration

Kimberly P. Sadowski, CPA
Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Oversees finance, accounting, investments, information technology, human resources and operations.
*Kim is happy to answer your questions regarding investments, foundation operations and talent recruitment.

Elizabeth T. Hartman, CPA
Manages the day-to-day accounting activities of the Community Foundation adhering to accounting principles, policies and procedures.
*Liz is happy to answer your questions about the audited financial statements or the 990.
Kymberle Benderski
Assists with the day-to-day accounting activities and scholarships of the Community Foundation.
*Kymberle is happy to answer your questions about the Community Foundation’s accounting policies and procedures.

Darrell Buckingham
Manager, Foundation and Facility Operations
Responsible for all technology and administrative functions of the CNY Philanthropy Center.
*Darrell is happy to answer your questions regarding the CNY Philanthropy Center.

Gerianne P. Corradino
Finance Manager
Responsible for managing the grants and accounts payable processes and providing affiliate fund and board support.
*Geri is happy to answer your questions about accounts payable and board meetings.

Dana Fiel
Finance Associate
Responsible for the grant distribution and accounts payable processes.
*Dana is happy to answer your questions about accounts payable.

Terri M. Evans
Administrative Associate
Provides administrative support to ensure the effective and efficient operation of the Community Foundation.
*Terri is the first person to welcome constituents, visitors and staff when they arrive at the Philanthropy Center.


Thomas M. Griffith, AEP®, CAP®, ChFC® 
Vice President, Development
Creates and implements custom charitable giving plans for individuals, families and companies in coordination with their professional advisors. He also helps local nonprofits create and build endowments.
*Tom is happy to answer questions about your charitable planning.

Monica M. Merante, CAP®
Senior Director, Philanthropic Services
Serves as the primary contact for donors, connecting them with the many resources available through the Community Foundation.
*Monica is happy to answer questions about your fund, help you identify areas of charitable interest, and research organizations and causes that you would like to support.

Jan L. Lane
Development Officer
Supports charitable planning for individuals, families and companies and facilitates the Foundation’s legacy planning program.
*Jan is happy to answer your questions regarding lifetime and legacy giving options, multi-generational engagement, fund succession planning and legacy preservation.

Pragya S. Murphy, MBA
Development Officer
Supports charitable planning for individuals, families and companies and provides outreach to the local professional advisor community and nonprofit organizations.
*Pragya is happy to answer your questions regarding the financial advisor program, nonprofit agency funds, affiliate fund development, lifetime giving and legacy giving.

Jenny E. Green
Manager, Philanthropic Services
Provides support to donors, fund advisors and staff related to the organization's data management system. She also manages the Community Foundation’s gift acceptance and acknowledgment process.
*Jenny is happy to help with updating contact information, removing from mailing lists, and answer your questions regarding donations.


Katrina M. Crocker
Vice President, Communications
Develops and leads the implementation of a comprehensive communication strategy that builds and sustains awareness of the Community Foundation’s philanthropic voice in Central New York.
*Katrina is happy to respond to media inquiries and answer your questions regarding overall communications.

Juliet R. Maloff
Communications Officer
Champions and guides the Community Foundation's brand management to internal and external audiences by overseeing and producing media relations and print, digital and social media communications.
*Juliet is happy to respond to media inquiries and answer your questions regarding any of our externally facing digital or print content.
  Dara M. Harper
Events & Communications Associate
Plans and executes Community Foundation events and provides general communications support.
*Dara is happy to answer your questions regarding events, advertising and sponsorships, and affiliate fund communications.

community investment

Frank M. Ridzi, PhD
Vice President, Community Investment
Oversees and monitors the grantmaking process, conducts research on issues or concerns of importance to the Community Foundation, shares expertise with donors and manages special projects and strategic initiatives
*Frank is happy to answer your questions related to building, sustaining and sharing community knowledge and measuring impact through such initiatives as CNY Vitals, the Community Data Group, The Human Services Leadership Council, and Work Train.

Danielle Johnson
Director, Grants and Programs
Oversees the Community Grantmaking program, special initiatives and nonprofit development programs.
*Danielle is happy to answer your questions regarding Community Grantmaking, NEWS, Marsellus Executive Development, LeadUp CNY, DoVES, Speiser Fund, and Nourishing Tomorrow’s Leaders

Robyn L. Smith
Director, Strategic Initiatives
Oversees and implements the Community Foundation’s strategic initiatives that support and enhance the quality of life in neighborhoods and communities in the Central New York region.
*Robyn is happy to answer your questions regarding CNYCF’s literacy, LeadSafeCNY, and Census initiatives. Also, Robyn is the main point of contact for the Performance Management Learning Community.

Dashiell M. Elliott
Program Officer
Assists in managing and implementing the Community Foundation’s grantmaking and associated programs.
*Dashiell is happy to answer your questions regarding our Black Equity & Excellence Fund, Community Grantmaking, The Leadership Classroom (TLC) and grant reporting.

Sean Reed Jr.
Manager, Strategic Initiatives
Assists with the implementation of the strategic initiative and affiliate fund programs.
*Sean is happy to answer your questions related to the Community Foundation’s strategic initiatives and affiliate fund grantmaking.
Kari N. Simpkins
Associate, Grants and Programs
Provides administrative, initiative development and implementation and grantmaking support.
*Kari is happy to answer your questions relating to Community Grantmaking and the Staff Advancement Initiative.

Board of Directors

The Central New York Community Foundation’s Board of Directors is comprised of community leaders who hold extensive knowledge in the areas of accounting, estate planning and law. Members are responsible for managing the Foundation’s assets, developing new funds and making grants to the organizations that the Foundation and its donors support.

View our directory of former board members.

Board chair

Casey Crabill, Ed.D
Onondaga Community College


Vice Chair

Daniel J. Fisher
Former Executive Vice President
Welch Allyn



Caragh Fahy, CFP®
President & Owner
Madison Financial Planning Group


Compliance Officer

Karin Sloan DeLaney, Esq.
Sloan DeLaney P.C.


Board Members


William H. Brower
Vice President, Communications & Advancement
Le Moyne College

Honorable Julie A. Cecile
Onondaga Family Court

Stephen D. Fournier
Central New York Market President 
Key Bank

Kate Feldmeier Franz
Founder and Owner
KFF Literacy Consulting, LLC.

Mark A. Fuller, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
United Radio, Inc.


Susan Furtney, MPH
Chief Strategy Officer
Upstate University Hospital

Lee Gatta CLU®, ChFC®, AEP®
Financial Planner
Prudential Financial

Carolyn Gerakopoulos
Former Director
Oneida Public Library

Grace B. Ghezzi, CPA/PFS/CFF, CFP®, CFE, AEP®
President & Financial Consultant
Grace B. Ghezzi Consulting, LLC.

Bea González
Vice President for Community Engagement and Special Assistant to the Chancellor
Syracuse University

Daren Jaime
Senior Pastor
People's A.M.E. Zion Church
  Larry R. Leatherman
Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology & Bristol-Myers Squibb
Michael Meath
Interim Chair, Public Relations Department
S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
Syracuse University
Dr. Emad Rahim, PMP®, CSM®
Kotouc Family Endowed Chair and Associate Professor
Bellevue University
Rebecca Bronfein Raphael
Director of Sales
Curio Wellness
  Kevin E. Schwab
Vice President of Public Policy & Government Relations and Air Service Development
CenterState CEO



Mary Anne Cody, Esq.
Mackenzie Hughes, LLP